New Year’s Eve is a big deal in L.A. but the extravagant prix fixe deals at some of our many restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs aren’t for everyone. Sometimes the best way to ring in the New Year is on the dance floor or in the mosh pit at a concert. Even though, most venues take a well-earned holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s, there are still a few stalwarts offering you an alternative to standing around waiting for the ball to drop at midnight.
Here is a list of the New Year’s Eve concerts we look forward to the most. Fancy attire is definitely optional.
Dub Club feat. Sister Nancy
Earlier this year we profiled L.A. dub king Tom Chasteen, who told us about his love of toasting (a reggae tradition stemming from Jamaica, which is basically a freestyle rap session over pre-recorded tunes). This New Year’s Eve, Chasteen and his fellow Jedi master of the turntable Boss Harmony, will be manning the vinyl mill as singer and Jamaican transplant Sister “Bam Bam” Nancy along with Tippa Lee man the mics. For one night only, Dub Club will take over both the Echo and Echoplex to take you into 2015 in the most laid back way possible.
Where: The Echo/Echoplex
When: 9 p.m.
Appetite 4 Destruction
If you want a retro rocking New Year’s Eve with less glitter and more power ballads, this is the ticket for you. L.A.’s premier Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite 4 Destruction is headlining this bill, which also features Ozzmania (an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band) and Stoned Temple Pilots (you guessed it, a Stone Temple Pilots cover band). General admission is twenty-five bucks, but for eighty you can get a pre-fixe dinner at the Crossroads Restaurant, too. Bring your own bandana.
Where: House of Blues, West Hollywood
When: 8 p.m.
KROQ presents Bush
British 90’s alternative rock giants Bush were responsible for hits like “Everything Zen,” ”Glycerine,” and “Little Things.” Frontman Gavin Rossdale, who went on to marry No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, has been doing more screen work of late (Hawaii Five-0, The Bling Ring, Constantine), but in October the band released their first album in three years, Man on the Run. This is sure to be an evening of nostalgic reverie.
Where: The Wiltern
When: 7 p.m.
Low End Theory New Year’s Eve Special
Low End Theory has been supplying the greater Los Angeles area with cutting edge experimental hip hop and rap since 2006. Many of the city’s master rhyme smiths have been or are involved with the scene around LET, including founder Daddy Kev, Nobody, and Nocando, the latter of whom found his album Jimmy the Burnout on our list of best L.A. releases in 2014. On New Year’s Eve, Low End Theory presents all of the aforementioned artists as well as Open Mike Eagle, Speak, MDSGN, Radius, and a couple of surprise acts. You’re not going to want to miss this one.
Where: The Airliner
When: 9:30 p.m.
Blasterjaxx with D.O.D.
Dutch DJs Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf a.k.a. Blasterjaxx are electronic music masters on the Dutch house scene, but this New Year’s Eve they’re bringing the Amsterdam party to the Avalon in Hollywood. Bring your glow sticks and be sure to stay hydrated for this Euro-tinged fun fest.
Where: The Avalon
When: 9 p.m.